• Best Practices for Political Direct Mail

    Feb 17, 2020 by Elena Veatch

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    Political Direct Mail Is Here to Stay 

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  • In-House GOTV Direct Mail Ideas for Any Political Campaign

    Oct 17, 2019 by Joe Fuld and Elena Veatch

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    Cost-Effective Mail Tactics for a Winning GOTV Strategy

    There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all political campaign, but there’s one strategic element that no campaign can afford to leave out: GOTV. A strong get-out-the-vote (GOTV) program may get you the handful of votes you need to win your election, whereas failing to make that final push to get voters to the polls may hasten your demise. 

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  • What Some Campaign Consultants Get Wrong About Digital

    Mar 03, 2016 by Shelley Rees

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    When Campaign Consultants Don’t Believe in Digital

    It’s not uncommon in politics for a campaign to want a consultant who has been in the business for a long time. But sometimes, campaign consultants without real digital experience don’t believe digital can provide your campaign with results the way traditional media can. While digital advertising is newer than other strategies, it can still provide your campaign with a valuable way to reach voters. Below are some common misconceptions some campaign consultants have with digital advertising.

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  • The Top 5 Reasons to Include Political Mailers in Your Communications Program

    Feb 29, 2016 by Sophie Thurber

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    Do Political Mailers Work for You?

    As I wrote a couple of years ago, political mailers haven’t gone the way of the dinosaurs – they’re still a very effective method of communication for both persuasion and GOTV efforts. Political mailers may not be as sexy as the world of digital, but here are a few reasons to hang onto mail a while longer.

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  • The Future of Political Organizing | Grassroots Organizers

    Feb 25, 2016 by Ben Holse

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    What Does The Future Of Political Organizing Look Like?

    We’ve written a lot about political organizing and tools like canvassing and phone banking in the past. But what does the future of political organizing hold? As a former organizer who likes to stay up to date on all the latest trends, allow me to dust off my crystal ball and give you my take on the future of political organizing.

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  • More Innovative Political Direct Mail and Marketing Campaigns

    Dec 10, 2015 by The Campaign Workshop

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    More Innovative Political Direct Mail and Marketing Campaigns

    We had such a great response to our first blog post about innovative political direct mail campaigns that we are back for more. We have found three more creative political direct mail campaigns to inspire your next campaign and get your gears moving. Enjoy!

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  • USPS Streamlining

    Oct 26, 2015

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    How is the USPS Streamlining?

    The USPS is starting to clean up their data and streamline mail entry so that it is not as manual and paper based. One part of this is that companies don’t need to open up permits at every facility location where their mail is verified, and can instead utilize a “Mail Anywhere” service. Entering mail is all being streamlined to a digital process where fewer eyes look at it and fewer hands touch or physically verify.

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  • Political Direct Mail and Election Mail Contingency Plan

    Sep 03, 2015 by The Campaign Workshop

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    Make Sure You Have a Back-up Plan for Your Election Direct Mail

    On February 13, 2015 the United States Postal Service (USPS) experienced an outage in its Postal One service. To the uninitiated, this is the service that processes mailings and postage payments. All postal documents for mailings are done electronically through this system. Luckily, this didn’t happen back in October, during the height of election season. But realistically, it could happen, and we’re all wondering: what we would do if it did? How would your political direct mail or even election mail, like ballots or voter guides, get out on time if all systems were down?

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  • Political Direct Mail in the Digital Age

    Oct 06, 2014 by Joe Fuld

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    Hal Malchow Tells Us How Political Direct Mail in the Digital Age Is Still Relevant

    Last week we released our first ebook: Political Direct Mail In The Digital Age. The book explains why with all the technology we have, political direct mail in the digital age is still relevant. We explain how you should decide on direct mail and targeted communications strategies for political and advocacy campaigns. We also discuss the cost of direct mail, micro-targeting strategies and how to use direct mail for GOTV.

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  • Blue Mail, Red Tag

    Sep 15, 2014 by The Campaign Workshop

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    Be Sure to Get Your Red Tag on All of Your Political Mail

    Although media consensus paints causes and candidates, blue for liberal and red for conservative, the USPS is color blind and regards all mail politically directed, motivated or otherwise, the same.  However, when the USPS sees RED (tags) on mail, it acts quickly on ALL political mail!

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  • 5 Ways to Help Your Democratic Direct Mail Stand Out

    Apr 10, 2014 by Sophie Thurber

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    Make All the Other Democratic Direct Mail Jealous!

    “Nasty, brutish and short,” doesn’t just sum up Thomas Hobbes’ feelings about the state of nature – it also applies to the often-lonely life of a piece of Democratic direct mail. It’s tough to get noticed and stand out from the other items stuffed in the mailbox, and even if it does get noticed, it’s usually quickly tossed out and forgotten. Sad stuff if you’re a piece of Democratic direct mail. But your Democratic direct mail doesn’t have to exist in a Hobbesian nightmare (extra points if you’ve slogged through Leviathan). Here are a few tips to help your direct mail stand out from the crowd and avoid immediate relegation to the dumpster.

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  • Ultimate Guide to Political Direct Mail Printing—Part 3

    Mar 31, 2014 by The Campaign Workshop

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    Everything You Were Afraid to Ask About Political Direct Mail Printing—Part 3

    Political direct mail printing part 3: In previous installments of this series on political direct mail printing we covered finding a political direct mail printer, managing schedules and specifying paper. Today, we’re going to get technical and talk about presses. We couldn’t have political direct mail printing without presses to get the job done, so let’s examine the differences and uses for digital and offset printing.

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